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Opinion: IVGID needs to stop spending

I am mystified by the assertion in the Incline Village General Improvement District GM’s Corner in the April issue of the Bonanza, “No increase in Rec Fee planned for sixth straight year.”

There have been at least two de facto increases in the Recreation Facility Fee (RFF) during the last six years! The RFF is to subsidize facility operating expenses, pay for capital expenditures and provide debt service. Property owners, not the “public” users, pay.

There was an $85 per year increase in the RFF to pay for a 2003 bond. This bond was paid off in March 2013. IVGID should have reduced the annual RFF by $85 but chose to keep it. This is the first de facto RFF increase.

The second de facto RFF increase is associated with the $85 per year in the RFF to service a 2004 Recreation Refunding bond. It was paid off in October 2014. Once again, IVGID should have reduced the annual RFF by $85 but chose to keep it.

IVGID should stop spending. They should increase the Recreation Facility Fee and Beach Facility Fee revenue by collecting them per strict interpretation of long forgotten IVGID resolutions, ordinances and policies. IVGID should also eliminate free and discounted access to our facilities by non-property owners.

Tom Whalen

Incline Village

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